Fayetteville parks department plans 50th anniversary celebration


The Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with events at two city parks on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The department, which was established in 1967, has grown to include management of nearly 40 city parks, including several lakes, gardens, sports complexes and the city’s network of multi-use trails. It also oversees a variety of recreation programs and special events.

The party will kick off at 10 a.m. at Wilson Park and coincides with Puppets in the Park, and will move to Walker Park at 3 p.m.

Festivities will include giveaways, food, demos and a list of activities for those in attendance.

A bike poker run is planned from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from Walker Park to Lake Fayetteville, and a group bike ride will begin at 9 a.m. from Walker Park to Wilson Park. Also, a cleanup at Lake Sequoyah will take place at the marina from 9-11:30 a.m.

See the full schedule below for more activities:

Wilson Park – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ongoing activities: Puppets in the Park, Leave No Trace demos, Greedy Goats, Local Color: Art in Action, Master Gardener plant giveaway and scavenger hunt
10 a.m. – Mayor’s Ribbon Cutting & Speakers
10:30 a.m. – Puppet Parade
11 a.m. – Ranger’s Pantry Pet Contest, Paper Puppet Making
11:30 a.m. – Yoga and free hotdogs while they last

Walker Park – 3-7 p.m.

Ongoing activities: food truck rally and baggo
5-7 p.m. – Crescent City Combo (New Orleans-style funk, jazz and groove)

For more information, call the department at 479-777-3471.